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New Chamber of Commerce chairman takes over

Tuesday, 19th June 2012.

The new chairman of Haverhill Chamber of Commerce has pledged to build on the good work of his predecessor in increasing the group's representation across all forums right up to Westminster.

Justin Friend took over from Sarah Howard at today's annual meeting of the Chamber, held at Haverhill Golf Club.

Justin, who moved to Haverhill from South Africa six years ago, has his own business in the town in the financial sector, but has done a variety of other jobs, including running a restaurant.

A member of Haverhill Round Table, he has a wife and two children and describes himself as an avid rugby supporter.

He said he chose Haverhill, rather than a big city like London, because of its strong community feel and had not been disappointed.

He presented Sarah with a stylish stainless steel bowl on behalf of the Chamber to mark her four years in office, which have drawn tributes from across the community, and even royal acknowledgement as she was invited to a Sandringham garden party last week.

She said the economic environment had changed dramatically during her time in office, but Haverhill businesses had proved remarkably robust and responded well to it.

She had seen an increased representation of the Chamber at all levels, particularly with the British Chamber of Commerce and with Government through close worlk with Haverhill's MP Matthew Hancock.

She had also presided over the Chamber's third Business Awards last year, which she described as 'a fantastic success', with many high profile guests, including the preseident of the British Chamber of Commerce, who was much impressed with Haverhill's young chamber, which has grown strongly recently.

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